Archive for July, 2011

Exploring South Side on Lamar

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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Exploring South Side on Lamar gave me a completely new perspective Dallas hasn’t given me before. As a Dallas native, I usually keep to the Park Cities and Uptown neighborhoods, and rarely venture south of Woodall Rogers. South Side is almost like its own little neighborhood with a mini market, coffee shop, cocktail lounge and restaurant.

The most unique aspect of South Side is the eclectic collaboration of businesses and residences. Many residents utilize their loft as a studio for their work, whether they are an artist, designer or musician, the South Side on Lamar lofts allow residents to have a private area where they can use their creative outlet.


An Off the Bone Experience

Posted by    |    July 7th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

In the Cedars the catchy-named little nook, Off the Bone, provides customers with some authentic finger lickin’ good barbeque.  Despite its deliciousness – there’s not a ton of variety, just your standard pork ribs, beef brisket, sausage and smoked chicken – all which can be converted into a messy, yet scrumptious, sandwich. The menu also provides several hearty sides including baked beans, cole slaw and potato salad.

Space is limited, so Off the Bone prides themselves on convenience and timeliness, which makes it an ideal spot to grab a quick bite or take out. (more…)

Art in South Dallas

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

If nothing more than the art, it is worth a trip to the Cedars to see these creative, extraordinary wall murals.

Inside the South Side on Lamar building, there is a picturesque mural of what South Side looked like quite some time ago. If that was really what it looked like back then, I would’ve unpacked my bags and called South Side home. The bright colors and close attention to detail make it look as if you could walk straight into the Café Coffee Shop painted on the mural and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.


History of The Cedars

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I have lived in Dallas my whole life and still had no idea what ‘the Cedars’ was, until yesterday.

I explored this historical Dallas landmark and realized that it is more than just South Dallas. This cool little area has many hidden gems including Off the Bone BBQ, Catfish Blues, Opening Bell Coffee and the Dallas Police Department Head Quarters.

The best part about the Cedars was the history, but in an ironic manner. I spotted a sign labeled “Dallas Landmark Sears Café,” and I was determined to go there for lunch. Even in the thick, 100-degree weather, I dragged my reluctant (and sweaty) friends around the building to find the entrance. I walked straight through the double doors where a nice lady sitting at a desk, greeted me, asking how she could help. This didn’t seem quite right for a restaurant – turns out it’s an office building and the café was there years ago (whoops). I should have figured that out considering there were no signs anywhere saying “Sears Café” besides the small landmark sign. Save yourself the embarrassment; the Sears Café is no more.


The Abi Ferrin Studio

Posted by    |    July 5th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

There’s a lot of creativity happening in the basement of South Side on Lamar, and what better representation of that creativity than Abi Ferrin’s studio. On its surface, it’s a store like any other, but step into the back studio and you’ll witness the flurry of the creation of her one-of-a-kind designs.

There’s a promising future ahead for this young fashion guru. Ferrin has been named “Texas’ Next Top Designer” by both the Dallas Fashion Incubator and Stanley Korshak, Her trendsetting, colorful designs are about to be splashed over Nordstrom nationwide this summer.


Start (or End) Your Day at Opening Bell Coffee

Posted by    |    July 5th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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Located in the basement of the very cool South Side on Lamar, Opening Bell Coffee is your ideal eclectic, hip destination for caffeine and comfort. Its cozy and welcoming surroundings provide perfect tranquility for reading the paper, utilizing the free Wi-Fi or for simply enjoying an excellent cup of coffee.


There are plenty of unique coffee creations such as their Coffee Cooler, a milkshake that can kick start your day. Opening Bell also has the non-coffee lovers covered with a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.


Urban Market: A South Dallas Provider

Posted by    |    July 1st, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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From wine to Raman Noodles, the Urban Market provides supermarket items in the comfort of a small convenient store setting.

According to the Urban Market website, they are the only full-service grocery store serving the downtown Dallas area.

Along with its stocked shelves of popular name-brand items, Urban Market plays host to a café with delicious-looking foods on the menu.

Urban Market has two locations. I explored the one located at 1409 South Lamar in the basement of the red South Side building.

What I loved about this place is its convenience. Residents who live in the lofts on the floors above can be at the market in as long as it takes to push a button and call the elevator. (more…)